Featured Guests

Joseph Hutchison

Poet Laureate of Colorado (2014-2019)

Joseph Hutchison directs the Professional Creative Writing program for University College, University of Denver, and has served as Poet Laureate of Colorado (2014-2019). He is the author of 19 collections of poems, including The World As Is: New & Selected Poems, 1972-2015Eyes of the Cuervo/Ojos del Crow (a bilingual edition of his Mexico poems translated by Patricia Herminia), Marked MenThread of the RealBed of Coals (winner of the Colorado Poetry Award), and the Colorado Governor’s Award volume, Shadow-Light(OP).


He has also translated Ephemeral, a collection of flash fictions by Mexican author Miguel Lupián. His poems have appeared in over 100 journals and several anthologies, including New Poets of the American West, and he has co-edited three anthologies, Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai (all profits benefit the Malala Fund for girls' education worldwide), Legions of the Sun: Poems of the Great War, and A Song for Occupations: Poems About the American Way of Work. 


Joe lives with his wife, Iyengar yoga instructor Melody Madonna, in the mountains southwest of Denver.

Chris Rippey

Chris Rippey is a Lafayette-based teacher, composer, audio engineer and storyteller, and creator of the podcast Tales of the Boatman.

With decades of study, Chris incorporates his knowledge of music and ability to play a myriad of instruments to compose timeless, inimitable compositions.


Beyond music, Chris embodies the poetical in his storytelling series, Tales fo the Boat Man:

"Fall under the spell of timeless music, lush natural soundscapes, and entrancing stories - all integrated into one deeply immersive listening experience. Listen to promote tranquility, quiet reflection, healing, and sleep as you sail with the Boatman and A’ti through a realm beyond time.

For Lessons and contact, go to http://www.chrisrippey.com/

Listen to the family-friendly stories of the Boatman at https://www.talesoftheboatman.com/

Chris will provide the musical accompaniment for our VIP Poetry Reading and Keynote Address. Get tickets HERE.

Sandra S. McRae

"The Colorado mountain landscape looms large in Sandra S. McRae’s poetry. She portrays the altitude, flora, and fauna as only a mountain resident can. Her poems are penetrating, often humorous, and always tilted to see the truth in a better light."


Sandra S. McRae writes about nature and domestic complexities, the political and the divine, food, and hunger of all kinds.


Her books include a full-length poetry collection, all the way to just about there (FutureCycle Press); a prose poem collection, The Magic Rectangle (Folded Word); and the bestselling cookbook Weber's Big Book of Grilling (Chronicle).


Sandra’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart prize. She lives in the mountains and teaches creative writing, literature, and composition at Red Rocks Community College near Denver, Colorado.

Learn more about Sandra and her work at http://www.wordsruntogether.com

Patricia Dubrava

Patricia Dubrava has two books of poems and one of stories translated from Spanish.


She teaches creative writing and literary translation in the Professional Creative Writing program at the University of Denver’s University College and is partial to prose poems, translation, and creative nonfiction.


The latter she practices on her blog at www.patriciadubrava.com.

A collection of her nonfiction pieces is forthcoming in 2020 from FoldedWord Press.

(Photo credit: Ella Dascalos)

David Hicks

David Hicks is the author of short stories published in Glimmer Train, Colorado Review, and many other magazines, and of the novel, WHITE PLAINS (Conundrum Press/Bower House Books). WHITE PLAINS was a finalist for the 2018 Colorado Book Awards, named Arapahoe Libraries’ 2018 “Village Read,” and was the #1 selection of Westword Magazine’s “Top Ten Books by Colorado Writers.”


It has been called “a captivating debut” by Leni Zumas, “an extraordinary novel” by David Lazar, and “a glowing set of stories that reads like late-night messages from a friend” by Ron Carlson. A graduate of NYU’s PhD program, David has been an English professor for years, first at Pace University and currently at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. See www.david-hicks.com for more information.

Martin McGovern

A native Coloradan, Martin McGovern earned his MA in Philosophy at Stanford and his PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. His poetry essays and reviews have appeared in The New Republic, Poetry, Denver Quarterly, Hotel Amerika, the Chicago, Sewanee, and Kenyon Reviews and elsewhere.


He co-founded The Urban Theater Company in Houston and was Associate Artistic Director of Ad Hoc Theater and Artistic Director of Tir No nOg: An Irish Theater in Denver. Marty’s collection of poetry, Bad Fame, was a Finalist in the 2015 Colorado Book Awards; his play, “Joseph K,” received the 2009 Denver Post Ovation Award for Best New Work. Of Marty’s poetry, the esteemed poet Stanley Plumly wrote: “The poems don’t give up, they travel, they complete themselves, so that there’s this whole sense to the feeling life of things.


There is so much brittle writing out there, hollow and either cold or ‘passionate’ in the worst contrived way. Yours is all ‘deep-diver,’ as Melville would say. With nothing wasted, not a word.” 


Having taught for Regis University’s College of Contemporary Liberal Studies since 2007 and creating its MA programs in Literature and Creative Writing, McGovern is the co-founder and co-director of Regis’s Mile-High Low-Residency MFA program.

Kathyrn Winograd

Kathryn Winograd is a poet and lyric essayist. Her first book, Air Into Breath, won the Colorado Book Award in Poetry. Phantom Canyon: Essays of Reclamation, was a finalist in the Foreword Reviews 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. Her poetry has received several Pushcart Prize nominations and a Special Mention in Pushcart Prize XXXVIII.


Her poems have won the Chautauqua Literary Journal’s poetry contest on War and Peace and the Writers Digest Annual Writing Competition for non-rhyming poetry and appeared in literary journals such as TriQuarterly, The Denver Quarterly, The Colorado Review, The Journal, The Antioch Review, Kalliope, The Ohio Review, The Cincinnati Review, Water-Stone, Poets Laureate, Weber Studies and The New Yorker.


Her most recent book, Slow Arrow: Unearthing the Frail Children, a collection of braided essays, will be published by Saddle Road Press in 2020.


She teaches poetry and creative nonfiction for the Mile Hi MFA program for Regis University.

Jovan Mays

Jovan Mays is the emeritus Poet Laureate of Aurora, Colorado, a National Poetry Slam Champion, Curator of  A Story, a student narrative project in Aurora Public Schools, a TED Speaker and Director of Your Writing Counts, a youth poetry program throughout the Denver Metro that engages just over 200,000 students annually. 

"To the poet, the keys of the mind lay dangling...

Lightly over the heart

Easily found

By searching fingers

To open the hearts of others"


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